Hello, Welcome to MessyBlog!

My name is Leslie. I’m a mum of three amazing, but wild children, living in Peterborough, UK

With my blog, I help parents explore STEM-based activities with their children and teach them valuable life skills, with the hope that they encourage independence and build confident, happy people.

I started this blog when I was pregnant with my almost 7-year-old son, Dexter. At first, it was a way to document what was going on. It evolved to capture the fun activities and sensory play we did together, what he learnt and how he developed.
Eventually, our family grew and we welcomed our now 4-year-old, Paisley and almost 3-year-old, Bridget.

Dexter and Paisley meeting Bridget for the first time

Before the girls were born, I spent so much time with Dexter trying to give him the best experiences I could.
We don’t have a lot of money so I focussed on taking him out exploring the woods or the parks and gardens. I wanted to teach him everything I could.
When the girls were born, this need to expand their minds exploded and since then I’ve been set on teaching them invaluable life skills.

As a parent, I feel it is not only our job but our responsibility to teach our children everything we can about the world we live in and how to navigate it.

I don’t care if they go to university or if they drop out of school the first chance they get and run off and join a circus. What I do care about is that they are happy. That they are compassionate people. That they are confident in themselves.

So what can you expect to find here?

At the moment, Dexter is in year 2 at school and Paisley is starting in September, so you’ll be able to find posts such as this one on how to teach your child tricky words or what to expect at your first parents evening.

Also, this coming September, we are hoping for Bridget to start preschool. You’ll find lots of updates on here as they all reach different milestones such as this one I wrote for her second birthday, or this update on what we got up to on any given month.

Ok, so what else?

But that’s not all.

As I said, I want to help you to teach your children life skills. Things that generally aren’t taught in school.

I want to help you encourage them to take an interest in STEM by sharing with you activities that are simple to do and that open up so many learning opportunities.

Things like making a hologram projector out of an old fruit container or how to go about entering your first LEGO competition.

I want my children to question. Why does this happen? How is that made?
I want them to tie their own laces, learn to ride a bike without stabilisers.
I want them to eventually understand how to budget, boil an egg and make their own doctors appointment.

I want them to understand important things like why we vote and have elections. Why some people have 2 mummies and some have none? Or why we don’t drop our rubbish on the floor.
I want them to learn the art of conversation and respect other cultures.
To know that if there is something that they can’t do or haven’t done before, it doesn’t mean they won’t ever be able to, but that they can take charge and find out how to do it for themselves.

Don’t worry, I’m here to help you.

Now, I’m not saying I have all the answers and I’m far from a perfect parent. But I’m making it my mission to share with you, all the cool stuff we find, all the best STEM toys and activities, the best ways of learning skills and everything in between.

As my children grow and these issues come up, I will be doing my best to guide my children and help you to do the same with yours.

I want to be confident that when it comes time for my children to leave home, I have done the best I can to help them take flight.

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  • Reply Julie Kelly February 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Love reading your blogs. In today’s chaotic society that sometimes seems so rushed and unconsidered it’s good to see there are people that think the way you guys do. Embracing the world, it’s cultures and focusing on what really matters xx

  • Reply Claire February 26, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Your blog is great! I really enjoying catching up with you guys and all the lovely photos you out up. X

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